How Do I Check My Google Page Rank?

Checking my page rank has become an obsession.

 It’s like getting a report card for my WordPress blog.  Are my SEO methods working?  Does Google “like” my blog? Good or bad, I want to know how my little blog did on the final!

Among other methods to check Google page rank, here is this neat Page Rank Checker tool.  

Works on the URLs of individual pages, too.  You paste the code in a widget.  It looks like this. 

Check Page Rank of your Web site pages instantly:

This page rank checking tool is powered by Page Rank Checker service

Page Rank Checker is free and and they give you the HTML code you can paste into a widget.  

Want to show off your Google page rank to visitors or potential advertisers?

Page Rank Checker offers three different-sized Page Rank buttons you can paste into WordPress widgets.

Here’s a screen shot of the PageRanker page:
Screen shot of PageRank Checker page

How do I check my Google page rank?  I go to Page Rank Checker to get the free tool and the buttons.

More blog grading tools are available at my popular Blog Grader article  

Giant Funnels: Behind the Backlinking Curtain

Photo of a funnel at Giant Funnels: Behind the Backlinking Curtain

Giant Funnels: An Automated Backlinking Strategy 

We all remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy learns how the Wizard works.

I  just read an article that shows how to set up sites, post articles, and direct traffic, while avoiding detection, to create a giant funnel.to a single niche site.   It’s a real eye opener.  Read it.

The Backlinking Strategy that Works

Having read it, you may have difficulty following the standard advice to beginning bloggers: Content is king, create awesome original content, do your SEO, make friends, brush your teeth.  Are we being sent on a fool’s errand down the Yellow Brick Road?

Highlights of The Giant Funnel

Spun Articles

It turns out that many of the articles you have been reading may have been “spun,” that is, computationally reworded with synonyms so that they don’t duplicate content, but say exactly the same thing as hundreds of other articles.

Mass Media

It turns out that accounts in social media are mass produced and operated automatically with content pointed to mass produced spun articles posted at sites set up to collect articles pointing to sites pointing to the . . .

Niche Site

The point of all this pointing is the niche site, the place where all the pointing to points to.  The niche site is where some percentage of the traffic is converted into sales.

Writing

It turns out that writing is nearly irrelevant to the automated giant funnel strategy. Only a few articles serve as the raw material for spinning.  Most of the work of funnel building is handled by software, some of it very expensive, that generates material, creates community, markets, while shielding the niche site from detection.  If you didn’t read the article, do so.  It’s pretty ingenious.

Where Does That Leave the Rest of Us?

Having listened to phrases like “content is king” and “create original content,” I have been handcrafting articles.  Now that I have looked behind the curtain at automated backlinking, I’m having difficult concentrating on writing more articles.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

I enjoy the process of writing, engaging with people, figuring out the puzzles of using plugins and widgets, and watching my site rise in rank.   According to Website Grader, which gives Blogs News Reviews a score of 99 out of 100, “Your website has an Alexa rank of 399,755 which is in the top 1.29 % of all websites.  Google rank is 1 out of 10.

Having been a blogger for six months, goofing around, learning the ropes and experimenting, it seems bizarre that my site should be in the top 1.29 % of anything.  Based on my ad and affiliate revenue, it shows me that a scant few blogs make any money.  

Hey, maybe most websites are just parts of the giant funnels!

I feel like a village cobbler who just visited a shoe factory 

What if I don’t want to set up all the picket fence sites, use software to clone articles and make “friends,” and become a giant automated funnel builder?  

What are the odds of manually building a successful funnel?  

What chance do any of us have of attracting readers or selling anything?

What do you think?  

Leave a comment and get some rank-1 DoFollow link juice.  Does it get any better?  Well, yes, but still . . . .

Search engine robots, “Warning, warning! Write from the Heart!”

Smarter search robots will usher in a new era in human writing on the Internet. Writers will be found who simply write well about topics that matter to them.

Search engine robots are my audience.  As a budding blogger I have become obsessed with how to build a readership, and am learning the tricks of how to appeal to search engine robot crawlers.  If you write a good article that the robots don’t “see,” it’s the equivalent of typing up a manuscript and carefully filing in a desk drawer.

Blog writing today demands a mixture of content that someone might want to read, and setting up the mechanics to appeal to search engine robots. If the robot crawlers don’t like your article, it won’t come up in searches, and it won’t be found.  It will sit in the desk drawer.  One current strategy: You should load up your essay with “search terms,” putting them in headers and in bold.  Your title has to be straightforward and descriptive, rather than mysterious, to get the “take home news” up front.  You should advertise your writing on social media to get tweets and likes, and leave comments on other sites and associate with the top bloggers, to generate ping backs and links.

And this extremely irritating advice:  Write articles about a focused topic.  If you don’t, your site will not appeal to search engine robots, which are looking for evidence of related material.  How do the robots know?  Words and titles shared among your articles.  Even doing all this, it takes months to attract traffic.

Here’s a question for you: Would your favorite writer have structured their sentences to include keywords, added lots of bold headers, socialized to sell, avoided mysterious titles, or given a crap about what robots think? Would your favorite writer focus on a single topic or foolishly write from the heart about their sincere and varied interests?  This sort of writer might have trouble being found on the Internet, and certainly not on day one.

Blog experts already tell us, “Content is King”

The word on the street about Search Engine Optimization is that content matters.  It does, and increasingly so.  My theory:  Search engines are evolving and will get smart. Real smart. The robots are converging on the human mind’s capacity to distinguish quality.  Why?  The business of search engines companies is to serve up relevant searches to readers.  Computers are increasingly powerful and software more intelligent.  Rather than humans optimizing writing for search engines, search engines will be optimized to discover writing that appeals to the human heart.

Already the search engine robots watch humans

Humans visiting and linking to sites help search engine robots decide whether material might be good.  The robots look for older, established sites, and supposedly check how far into the future a domain is registered to evaluate commitment.  But the robots don’t fall for the old trick of loading up an article with a list of words.  They don’t fall for a site that just copies text from other sites.  They still fall for some tricks, but the search robots are getting smarter.

Smarter search robots will usher in a new era in human writing on the Internet. Writers will be found who simply write well about topics that matter to them.  Writing from the heart and the brain will be enough.  Search engines will become like human editors, able to spot talent and even cultivate it.  Robots will become the thoughtful servants of humanity, rather than the mindless masters of the digital realm. And those who write from the heart will be found by readers.  On the first day.

So those of us who are playing the game of SEO had better be careful.  Warning, warning: If you write for the current crop of search engine robots,  you may have fewer human readers tomorrow.

search engine robots shape the writing life
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Note to robots: Nothing personal and I for one admire and embrace our current robot masters.